This post contains spoilers for "The Mandalorian" season 3, episode 4 "The Foundling."
In the latest episode of "The Mandalorian," Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) continues to be more than the MVP, even as a part of The Children of the Watch, in whose eyes, she is now redeemed. Directed by Carl Weathers, "The Foundling" keeps things short and sweet, focusing on a foundling rescue mission and an unexpected flashback to Order 66 at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. As Grogu re-lives painful memories of that fateful night, we are treated to discovering the Jedi who rescued him after all — it is Master Kelleran Beq, played by none other than Ahmed Best, whose cameo is a sure-shot highlight of the episode.
Circling back to The Children of the Watch, Bo-Katan immediately makes herself useful as a new recruit, taking the onus of heading the search and rescue party for Paz Vizsla's son, Ragnar (Wesley Kimmel). In the previous episodes of season 3 of "The Mandalorian," Bo-Katan has proven time and again that she embodies the most valiant aspects of being a Mandalorian. Apart from wielding the Darksaber effortlessly, she is also fiercely protective of her people, evident in the way she saves Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) not once, but twice in episode 2 while expertly navigating the treacherous Mines of Mandalore.
These events lead to an inadvertent plunge into the Living Waters and a shocking Mythosaur sighting, which shakes the foundations of Bo-Katan's core belief systems. After Bo-Katan finds herself accepted by the new Mandalorian sect, she has no choice but to stick around given the circumstances of her home being bombed (again). Even in uncharted waters, Bo-Katan takes the initiative to save the foundling, and to be very frank, The Children of the Watch would be truly lost without her in the latest episode of the "Star Wars" series.
Leading The Way
Incidentally, Bo-Katan Kryze is the only one who is successfully able to pursue the raptor that kidnaps Ragnar. In a rather goofy turn of events, all the Mandarlorians who attempt to follow the raptor on their jetpacks run out of fuel, and simply sigh in resignation when they're unable to track the beast to its nest. Thanks to her ship, Bo-Katan returns with the nest's coordinates without losing valuable time and quickly puts together a rescue team while strategizing the best way to retrieve Ragnar without him getting hurt.
It is rather funny to watch a group of the most formidable fighters running around without a solid plan, and they all turn to Bo-Katan for direction, who emerges as a natural leader. This is no surprise, as Bo-Katan has been trained to tackle high-stakes scenarios all her life, and she also led The Nite Owls. Bo-Katan quickly puts together a rescue plan, and she is granted the honor of taking off her helmet by the fire as she eats. The day after, they scale heights to reach the raptors' nest, and Bo-Katan is the only one with the brains to say that they should scout the area out first before heading straight into danger. But Paz Vizsla (Tait Fletcher, voiced by Jon Favreau) has other plans.
While it is understandable that Vizsla was distressed about Ragnar's safety, diving straight into a raptor's nest is a rather himbo move. Vizsla is soon nabbed by the beast before it attempts to fly away. Bo-Katan plays a crucial role in turning the odds in the group's favor, while Din Djarin saves Ragnar in the nick of time before the beast is swallowed by a reptile in the waters. Bo-Katan even brings back the three raptor younglings to be trained as per The Way. What a champ.
Adjusting To A New Creed
Ever since Bo-Katan Kryze's first appearance in "The Mandalorian," she has been critical of the cultish ways of The Children of the Watch, and rightfully so. With Mandalore in shambles, and its people scattered across the galaxy, The Children of the Watch serve as a living reminder of dogmatic indoctrination that leads to segregation from a larger group. Bo-Katan's resentment towards the sect's beliefs about redemption manifests in playful mockery when she rescues Din Djarin, as she pokes fun at his belief that the Living Waters embody some sort of mythical or spiritual power. Bo-Katan's reasoning is not unfounded either — after all, she grew up in the city of Sundari and is familiar with its facets, which includes participating in an initiation ritual in the Living Waters when she took on the Mandalorian Creed as a child.
Moreover, the Mythosaur jumpscare understandably shakes Bo-Katan to the core, as this mythical beast could very well be the key to reuniting her people. This, coupled with her sudden acceptance by The Children of the Watch gradually alters her perspective on the group. Although the mechanics of the sect still remain problematic, Bo-Katan makes the effort to familiarize herself with The Way, showcased when she obverses the foundling sparring matches and asks Mando how things work around here.
There is a foundational shift occurring here, culminating in her decision to incorporate the Mythosaur signet into her armor, and confiding in the Armorer (Emily Swallow) about the Mythosaur sighting. Although the Armorer downplays what Bo-Katan reveals — to be fair, it is something rather difficult to take at face value — the Mythosaur is bound to act as a Chekov's Gun and trigger events that potentially alter the future of Mandalore.
New episodes of "The Mandalorian" season 3 air every Wednesday on Disney+.
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